Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with CROSSROADS and make a difference on campus and in the community! You can be part of our volunteer group, work in a paid position as a College Mentor or Peer Educator or Graduate Assistant, or get academic credit for a practicum or internship. To get started, sign up for our email list! You will receive one email each week with information on CROSSROADS events and volunteer opportunities. Email crossroads@uncw.edu to sign up.

Peer Educators

CROSSROADS Peer Educators promote substance abuse prevention on campus through educational programming, service, and outreach efforts of CROSSROADS. Peer Educators develop and execute ideas for campus events and educational programs on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. They also facilitate presentations to freshman seminar (UNI) classes, Health 105 classes, and student organizations. They are expected to attend CROSSROADS events, actively educate other students, and develop a thorough working knowledge of alcohol and drug issues after training. Peer Educators work 8-10 hours each week. Both paid and volunteer Peer Educator positions are available.

Skills gained through this position include:
• Oral & Written Communication Skills: public speaking, facilitating group discussion
• Interpersonal Skills: empathy and active listening, respect for diverse points of view
• Teamwork Skills: collaboration, conflict resolution
• Initiative: creativity, advocacy
• Analytical Skills: problem solving, organization, program planning
• Leadership Skills: motivating others, peer helping and referral skills

The 2016-2017 Peer Educator application is now closed. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Mattie Kearse for more information.

College Mentors

College Mentors are undergraduate or graduate students who work with the Crossroads Pre-College program to deliver our drug abuse prevention program in schools in New Hanover County and nationwide. Crossroads Pre-College is an evidence-based drug abuse prevention program that includes an interactive curriculum and structured out-of-class activities designed to delay and prevent drug use in middle and high school students. The Crossroads Pre-College program relies on a team of specially-trained middle and high school peer educators and teachers to implement the curriculum and out-of-class activities. College Mentors assist in training these teams and provide on-going guidance and assistance and serve as mentors to peer educators as they deliver Crossroads in their schools. Mentors conduct weekly peer educator meetings in local schools and are available for consultation for distance schools through our Call Center. Mentors are required to have their own transportation. These positions are hourly, 8-12 hours per week.

If you are interested in a College Mentor position, please contact Diane Edwards by email or at 910.962.4136.

Intern and Practicum Students

CROSSROADS is devoted to creating meaningful learning experiences for students. We design each intern or practicum student's experience at CROSSROADS to meet their learning objectives and build desired skills. CROSSROADS is involved in a variety of formal and informal research projects and is the recipient of a number of grants. So, there are often research projects that could use student help.

For more information about the skills and opportunities available, please click here. An application is required and priority for fall internships is given to students who can participate in Peer Educator or College Mentor training, typically held before classes begin in August.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants are para-professional members of the CROSSROADS staff. Graduate assistants assist in delivering individual and group motivation enhancing interventions to students, assist in prevention programming for the campus, and coordinate evaluation and assessment activities.

Information about our Graduate Assistantships for the 2016-2017 academic year is below. Preference will be given to applications received by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2016; please note that applicants will be interviewed as applications are received.

Graduate Assistantships for Conduct Interventions Descriptions, and Application

The graduate assistants will be responsible for several one-on-one services provided by the office as well as co-leading the classes for students who are part of the campus conduct system. These include a small group class that focuses on motivation enhancement, harm reduction techniques, and personalized feedback, educational interventions for students who are found responsible for marijuana violations, individual feedback sessions with students found responsible for alcohol violations, and feedback and support of community members who want to stop using tobacco products. Graduate assistants are responsible for attending mandatory trainings during the summer prior to the start of the Fall Semester, and throughout their assistantship, to include:Motivational Interviewing Training, Brief Alcohol Assessment Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), Challenging Decisions (CD) Class Training, and additional training as needed/assigned.

Graduate Assistantship for Campus Prevention Programs

The position will assist the Assistant Director of CROSSROADS in providing campus programs intended to educate students about alcohol and other drug issues and influence perceptions, beliefs, and behavior to reduce high-risk drinking. Duties include presentations for classrooms and student groups, assisting peer educators in planning and delivering educational programs, and facilitating educational programs. In addition, the GA will assist in the development and dissemination of digital and real-world information and resources related to alcohol and drug use, addiction, and recovery. Experience with program planning, public speaking, managing social media, and effective substance abuse prevention preferred. Evening and weekend commitments. 20 Hours per week. 10-month position with training beginning in early August.


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